Ron Gardenhire tells Pat Neshek to stay off the "Tweeter"

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Last week, Aaron outlined how Pat Neshek expressed his frustration over the misdiagnosis of his injury via Facebook and Twitter. Well, on Friday, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told Kelly Thesier of MLB.com that he recently met with Neshek to tell him that he was “not very happy” with the way he handled the situation.

“‘Our doctors are here to help you and get you better,'” Gardenhire said
of the conversation. “They put in a lot of effort and their time to do
that. They don’t deserve to be thrown under any kind of bus. If you have
something to say, say it to me or to the doctors and not on the
Tweeter.

I’m going to assume Thesier quoted Gardenhire verbatim here, and while I appreciate the accuracy, it’s kind of hilariously cruel. In any case, Neshek is currently rehabbing his hand injury in Minnesota and played catch earlier this week. He’ll head to Triple-A Rochester once he’s ready to throw again.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.